Palestine Condemns Israel For Approving Settlement Units Building In West Bank
RAMALLAH, Nov 27 (NNN-WAFA) – Palestine yesterday condemned Israel, for approving the construction of 372 settlement units in the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
The Israeli move “is an extension of the process of deepening and expanding illegal settlements in the heart of the old city of Hebron,” said the Palestinian foreign ministry.
The “provocative” move came, just a few days after the Israeli approval of building 11,000 units on the lands of the defunct Qalandia Airport in East Jerusalem, also known as the Jerusalem International Airport, said the ministry.
The ministry also condemned Israeli President, Isaac Herzog’s visit to the settlement, to celebrate Hanukkah, or the Jewish Festival of Lights, where he lightened the festival’s candle in the Ibrahimi Mosque, or the Cave of the Patriarchs.
Warning against Israeli attempts “to divert international attention from the Palestinian cause,” the ministry highlighted the damage by the move, to the principle of the two-state solution.
“The two-state solution is subjected to the most heinous process of sabotage because of Israel’s policy, about controlling Palestinian land, during its accelerated annexation of the West Bank,” it said.
On Thursday, Israeli media reported that the Kiryat Arba council in Hebron city, approved the construction of 372 new housing units in the local settlement area, including public buildings, educational institutions, commercial buildings, and public parks.
More than 600,000 Jews live in about 140 settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to official Palestinian figures.
Israel captured territories in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, all claimed by the Palestinians, in the 1967 Middle East war, and has controlled them ever since. The Jewish settlements are considered a violation of international law by most international community.